Are you planning to take on gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic republic of Congo? Africa Adventure Vacations arranges customized budget and affordable gorilla trips and holidays in Congo for memorable experiences! Our 3 days gorilla safaris and tours to Virunga national park Congo combine an epic encounter of mountain gorillas and a hike to mount Nyiragongo.
Congo gorilla trekking safaris and tours to Virunga National Park offer unique and exceptional experiences to guests. The increase in the prices of gorilla permits in Rwanda and Uganda increased demand for gorilla tours and safaris in Congo for price sensitive travelers. The price for a gorilla permit in Virunga national park Congo goes for $400 while in Rwanda gorilla permits cost $1500 and $700 in Uganda. Therefore; Congo gorilla safaris and tours to Virunga National Park are designed to give our visitors a cheaper but unique opportunity to go gorilla trekking at the great Virunga national park in Dr. Congo. Virunga is a home to 8 habituated gorilla families for Congo gorilla safaris and tours that is to say Kabirizi, Humba, Mapuwa, Lulengo, Rugendo, Nyakamwe, Munyaga, and Bageni gorilla families.
Gorilla trekking safaris and tours in Congo can be done throughout the year. Virunga national park is characterized by tropical climate however; the best time to visit Congo for gorilla trekking tours and safaris is during the dry season of May to September: July is recorded as the driest month, followed by August and June. The temperatures also drop ever so slightly during those months. There is also a shorter dry period from December to February.
Wet season in the Virunga National Park usually happens in November and by far the wettest month of the year. This might not typically be the best time to visit Congo for gorilla trekking safaris and tours however, if you choose to travel in months of October to November or March to May, you may get unbeatable deals from accommodation properties due to low season and discounted gorilla permits.
Virunga National Park is a home to over 300 mountain gorillas staying mostly in the southern areas of the park. Virunga national park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities and Institute Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN)
Gorilla Trekking tours and safaris in Congo are magical experiences of a lifetime that is worth to take due to the presence of these primates in Virunga National Park that are charming intelligent, smart and friendly to interact with. All treks begin at Bukima Patrol post in Congo and the adventure takes approximately 1 to 3 hrs.
Virunga National Park is located in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo. The park is shared by Rwanda with Volcanoes national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda. Virunga was created in 1925 and it was among the first protected areas in Africa.
Virunga national park has a number of lodges and hotels where visitors can choose to stay on their travel to Congo for gorilla trekking safaris and tours. Below is a list of accommodation in and around the park;
Mikeno Lodge is 1:30 hours’ drive from Goma and offers excellent services with a restaurant located within a forest giving beautiful views of the rift valley, Nyiragongo and Mikeno volcanoes. Visitors get immerse opportunities to spot a number of bird species, Chimpanzees, blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, and baboons.
Rooms at Mikeno Lodge are spacious, luxurious, relaxing and have fireplace; each with fabulous tree or valley views.
Bukima tented camp is located outside Virunga National Park and it is one of the main starting points during gorilla trekking tours and safaris in Congo. The camp offers standard accommodation to visitor during their holidays in Virunga with views of Mt. Mikeno in the south. At times, habituated mountain gorillas wander around Bukima tented camp.
Prices for Bukima camp are based on double occupancy and costed based on breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Drinks are available for an extra fee.
Nyiragongo Summit Shelters are located on the top of the volcano. Nyiragongo is a beautiful strato-volcano with the world’s largest lava lake. Nyiragongo volcano has a dense forest cover at the lower slopes and hosts a number of chimpanzees, monkeys, and bush bucks while its summit has barren vegetation and hot gases exploding up though a mosaic of molten lava.
Tchegera Island Camp is located at the northern shores of Lake Kivu and it is a perfect gateway for guests after hiking Nyiragongo volcano. On clear nights, Nyiragongo and Nyamulagira volcanoes add to the drama by turning the night sky red with their glowing lava.
Tchegera Island Camp is a flawless accommodation for birders. A number of birds can be observed during your stay at this property such as African eagles, cormorants, herons and gulls. Some guests opt to relax at the beach or explore other parts of the islands